• Tue. Oct 3rd, 2023

Hoima City Seeking Private Firms for Rubbish Collection

UGANDA, Hoima | Real Muloodi News | In an effort to enhance sanitation in Hoima city, local authorities are actively seeking private partners to assist in rubbish collection, and as a result, city residents will be expected to pay for the collection of their waste.

City mayor Brian Kaboyo stated that the plan involves signing a memorandum of understanding with private firms to manage waste in the city, and under this partnership, residents will be required to pay a fee for rubbish collection that will be approved by the council.

The contracted waste collectors will move from house to house collecting the rubbish, and the decision to seek private partners is a result of a lack of funds to manage the increasing amount of rubbish generated. The city council is going to convene and deliberate on the proposal.

Mayor Kaboyo expressed concern about the inadequate local revenue generated for waste management, and the irresponsible disposal of rubbish by city dwellers. Despite installing dustbins in the city, the mayor noted that they were destroyed due to residents’ mismanagement, and the dustbins were vandalised and taken by scrap dealers, which further complicated the issue.

During the Keep Hoima City Clean campaign, which is conducted every first Saturday of the month to promote sanitation and hygiene, Kaboyo spoke about the challenges faced by the city, explaining that the city does not receive any funds from the central government for waste management.

Steven Ojoki, a member of Hoima City Development Forum representing security in Hoima East Division, suggested the need for bylaws against irresponsible rubbish disposal in the city and empowering village chairpersons to enforce sanitation.

One city resident, Philip Byonabye, expressed concern about the low turnout in the campaign and urged Hoima city authorities to sensitise the public about the importance of having a clean environment.

In response, Hoima East Division Town Clerk Milton Asiimwe commended the residents and corporate firms that participated in the exercise and urged city dwellers to embrace proper disposal of rubbish in their homes.

He also emphasised that the Keep Hoima City Clean campaign was initiated as a way of encouraging residents to participate in cleaning of the city.

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